The availability of medical care varies across the Philippines, but by following basic rules of hygiene and protection against mosquitoes, you should not have any problems during your stay in El Nido. Here are some tips for a trouble-free holiday!
RECOMMENDED VACCINATIONS FOR PHILIPPINES
No vaccinations are required to enter the Philippines, but you should be up to date on routine vaccinations (MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine). Vaccinations against Typhoid and Japanese encephalitis are also recommended for longer stays, especially if you plan to travel to rural areas or to spend a lot of time outdoors, as well as if you are an adventurous eater. You should also protect yourself against mosquito-borne diseases (dengue and malaria) as much as possible by using suitable repellent products, and even taking preventive treatment.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN EL NIDO
There is no hospital in the city of El Nido, but there is a local medical center where a doctor and a team of nurses can treat mild health issues. If you require further medical attention, you will be directed either to the Taytay District Hospital, about 50 kilometers away, or to Puerto Princesa, or even Manila for the most serious cases.
In addition, note that you can easily find antipyretic, cough, or cold medications, as well as some prescription treatments in El Nido.
THE IDEAL HEALTH PACKING LIST FOR EL NIDO
As we have just said, you will find medicines for the most minor ailments in El Nido. However, if you prefer to bring the products you may need during your stay, here is a small non-exhaustive list you should consider packing for your trip:
- A SPF30-50 sunscreen
- A mosquito spray with tropical strength
- A local antiseptic and bandages
- An analgesic
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medication
- Your prescription medicine if needed